They don't like it, but I've brought wine on both in my carry on and in my checked luggage. So far, they've not hassled me. I usually bring a 4 pack of splits so if they did, I'd not be loosing a great deal. Have a great trip!
About getting an upgrade... Don't hold your breath. 29 cruises with RCCL and never got one. I'm a Diamond Plus Member and still don't get any. Don't do any good to complain either. They alway say the ship is full. I don't bother trying to smuggle wine or booze on board but some of my friends do it without a problem. I get free drinks from 5pm to 8:30pm or else I'd probably be packing a bottle in my luggage. Have a great cruise.
No, it's not something new. It has alway been available for Diamond status since they started the Voyager class ship. As you probably know that's after 10 cruises. As a Diamond member you get $200 off on any balcony cabin and a key card for the concierge lounge where you can have free drinks. This is between 5pm and 8:30pm. It's a great place to meet people before going to dinner. Only the Radiance and Voyager class ships have a concierge lounge except for the newly streached Enchantment. Not too much difference when you get to Diamond plus except they call you a week before the cruise and let you know of any upgrades and ask you what wine you want in your room. As a D-plus you can also go on tours like the bridge, gally, and behind stage. This is how I get my bridge pictures. I received a call after my Adventure cruise a few weeks ago and was invited on a special 2 night cruise on the Freedom out of Boston. This was a surprise. I pay for nothing except the plane fare. Now that's what I call a perk! I plan on taking tons of pictures.
Originally posted by Nat:
We are going on the sister ship Mariner. Can anyone tell me if they had a problem bringing on wine, ect when you first board? Is it better to have it in your carry on or luggage?
We packed liquor in our checked baggage and had no problems. I bought a plastic bottle, and sealed it in a food saver bag (no point in soaking a week's worth of clothes!).
Our steward did joke with me once because I was going through so much diet coke & ice, but that was it. I did wonder if he would have reported us if we had been really blatant about the liquor. (We did not leave it out when we weren't in the room.)
You will love Mariner - we had the best time! BTW - we found that the bartenders were pretty generous with the free pouring, so the drinks really weren't that expensive on an ounce-for-ounce basis. The martinis are dangerous!